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From manuscript critiques to submission package critiques, I can help you bring your children's books to life

Writing by the Water


Are you a children's writer needing a manuscript critique?

As a children's author, represented by a leading literary agency and with years of writing and critiquing experience, I am able to offer a comprehensive critique service which will look into your story structure, voice, plot, character and rhyme/metre.

Picture Book Critiques* - £30 each

Chapter Book Critiques** - £55 each

Please allow up to 21 days for feedback after payment.

Payment via PayPal and manuscripts to be sent to:

*Picture Books - Please send texts up to 800 words only.

** Chapter Books - Please send synopsis & first 3 chapters (up to 2500 words).


Sound recording


Would you like your picture book manuscript read out loud?

I can record myself reading your manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, rhyme or prose, up to 1000 words.

Price: £8

Please allow up to 14 days for your recording after payment.

Payment via PayPal and manuscripts to be sent to:

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I will give feedback and work with you on your pitch.

Price: £5

Please allow up to 14 days for your feedback after payment.

Payment via PayPal and pitch to be sent to:

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Are you thinking about querying? If so, I can offer you a submission critique tailored to your needs.

As the submissions coordinator at TGLA and an author, represented by United Agents: a leading literary agency, and with years of writing, querying and critiquing experience, I am able to offer a comprehensive submission critique service. Options for these packages are:

1. Query Letter Critique - I will look at your cover letter, which can include up to 3 pitches.

Price: £15


2. Query Letter & Synopsis Critique - I will look at your cover letter, which can include up to 3 pitches and your 1 page synopsis.

Price: £25

3. Full Submission Critique - I will look at your whole submission package, including synopsis, plot outline and manuscript.*

*Full picture book text or first 3 chapters of your children's novel.

Price: £60

Please allow up to 28 days for your feedback after payment.

Payment via PayPal and submission package to be sent to:


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Thank You & Keep Writing!


Thank you, Arden, for your thorough critique of my stories which you delivered in a very positive and encouraging way. You gave me plenty of food for thought and my stories are much stronger thanks to your helpful comments. It was particularly useful to hear you read them aloud emphasising any problems in the meter. Thank you! - Lucy

I highly recommend Arden's mentoring programme, especially the Zoom calls. To be able to bounce ideas around with such a talented and knowledgeable writer was amazing! Plus, she's super friendly and encouraging & I always came away excited about improving my texts. - Jodie H

"Arden is a fantastic critique partner. She always offers really constructive and uplifting criticism. She has a great eye for detail, spotting smaller issues, as well as making broader creative suggestions on how to improve my work." - Holly D

Huge thank you to Arden Eliza Jones for her generous picture book mentorship over 4 zoom calls and many emails in between. Her guidance and encouragement have been detailed, helpful and inspiring. Plus she’s lovely to chat to! I highly recommended her as a mentor - Alison H

"Arden has critiqued several of my picture book manuscripts, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her services. She has a keen eye for detail, whilst also being able to look at the broader picture of a text and suggest helpful, creative, and insightful ideas. Rhyme is definitely a strength of Arden's, and whether writing in meter is new to you, or it's something you've got a good amount of practice with; she's able to help hone your talents and boost your confidence. Arden is friendly, approachable, encouraging and professional - everything you want in a critique service!" - Judy W

"I'm lucky enough to be in a critique group with Arden and she provides thorough and thoughtful critiques - with huge enthusiasm for the things that are working and great suggestions for those that aren't! If you're looking for something to help you take your story to the next level, I highly recommend Arden's critiques!" - Helen A

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